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Definitions of tragedy

  1. an event resulting in great loss and misfortune; " the whole city was affected by the irremediable calamity"; " the earthquake was a disaster"
  2. drama in which the protagonist is overcome by some superior force or circumstance; excites terror or pity
  3. A dramatic poem, composed in elevated style, representing a signal action performed by some person or persons, and having a fatal issue; that species of drama which represents the sad or terrible phases of character and life.
  4. A fatal and mournful event; any event in which human lives are lost by human violence, more especially by unauthorized violence.
  5. A drama of which the outcome is bad, often fatal, for the hero or heroine; any work of literature of a similar character; a melancholy or fatal event; that quality which causes grief or catastrophe to command deep sympathy and respect.
  6. A species of drama in which the action and language are elevated, and the catastrophe sad: any mournful and dreadful event.
  7. A drama of a serious character, with a sad or calamitous catastrophe.
  8. The form of drama in which the theme is solemn, lofty, or pathetic.
  9. A fatal event; dramatic incident.
  10. A dramatic poem written in a lofty strain, the chief characters of which are of exalted rank, the sentiments elevated, and the end melancholy; a fatal and mournful event.
  11. A dramatic poem representing an event, or a series of events, in the life of an individual, generally having a fatal issue, and meant to impress on the mind some great moral truth; any event in which human lives are lost by murderous violence; a fatal and mournful event.
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Usage examples for tragedy

  1. The latter is a proper passion of Tragedy but the former ought always to be carefully avoided. – Eighteenth Century Essays on Shakespeare by D. Nichol Smith
  2. The greatest laughter, the greatest comedy, is divided by a hair from the greatest tragedy – Writing for Vaudeville by Brett Page
  3. I was wanted to play my part in this sudden tragedy of experience. – The Jervaise Comedy by J. D. Beresford
  4. But the fact is, you only have just the one long, big moment of excitement when great trouble and tragedy come, or else it's all excitement, all the time, and then you go mad. – The World For Sale, Complete by Gilbert Parker Last Updated: March 14, 2009
  5. A mystery story conceived almost on the lines of a Greek tragedy – In the Mayor's Parlour by J. S. (Joseph Smith) Fletcher
  6. That was a tragedy – The Boy Scouts Book of Stories by Various
  7. Now comes the tragedy – The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg and Other Stories by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) Last Updated: February 18, 2009
  8. If those endless wheat- fields were indeed ruined, what a pity, what a tragedy – The Desert of Wheat by Zane Grey
  9. " Beat Red Riding Hood for tragedy then," challenged one of the group. – Dorothy Dale at Glenwood School by Margaret Penrose
  10. We met through tragedy – Private Peat by Harold R. Peat
  11. He went over the details of the tragedy and pointed out where the body had been found. – The Hampstead Mystery by John R. Watson
  12. If he told her everything and surprised her love for him, there was the second tragedy – The-Choir-Invisible by Allen, James Lane
  13. It was the tragedy of Miss Havisham. – Mushrooms on the Moor by Frank Boreham
  14. " His life is a- a tragedy she whispered. – A Fool and His Money by George Barr McCutcheon
  15. But he was not drowned; on the contrary, except for the mud, " as good as new;" and what might have been a tragedy and a very sad one, had become, as Gypsy said, " too funny for anything." – Gypsy's Cousin Joy by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps
  16. We have here a tragedy – The Sowers by Henry Seton Merriman
  17. Yes, I'm writing a tragedy for her now. – Poor Relations by Compton Mackenzie
  18. What Tragedy is near? – A King, and No King by Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher
  19. From the low, quiet tones of the two no one would have dreamed that a tragedy lay beneath their words. – The Mountain Girl by Payne Erskine
  20. And all the while, with the face of a man forced into the presence of tragedy Lord Chelsford was reading that letter. – The Betrayal by E. Phillips Oppenheim
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